Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 2 Number 9 of this E-Newsletter.
So how do you get to know somebody? Where do you jump off? What are your first questions and what do you seek to find out about the other? It's not an easy process is it? Getting to know new people seemingly becomes harder as you grow older. We seem to become set in our ways and comfortable in our life and routines and the people we already know. But yet we profess a God of relationship one that seeks us out in our current place and state to be in relationship with us and the whole world.
This Lent we have begun talking about that God of relationship and how then in turn we are called to be in relationship with one another and the world. It's not an easy calling for us for the many reasons listed above. But we were reached out to and called by God in those waters of our Baptism. God did not stop there, but continues each an every minute of every day to bring us into a deeper relationship with God. So how is God in that relationship with us and how do we then in turn bring that to the world?
We will be continuing our conversation about relationships and where we are being called to go this evening at our Burger Theology event at Dick's Primal Burger on Woodstock. I hope you can join us.
*I wanted to extend a personal thank you to everyone who made my ordination on Sunday such an incredible event. It took my breath away and I could never thank you enough.
Prayer Requests: Betty J, Shirley P., Andrea, Don T., Leah, Steven, Glen and Jill, Karen, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Pastor Fred, Sherry S., Marlyn K., Clark, Jade, Theresa, Jane, Don, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah. The Mission of Hope, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, we pray for students and teachers everywhere, help us to remain troubled by everything that is troubling in the world, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.
-There will be 2 new educational opportunities during Lent at Holy Trinity. First of all we will be having a Sunday Morning Bible Study beginning our look at Lutheran Sacraments starting around 845ish. Secondly, we will be have a Wednesday night gathering at Dick's Primal Burger on Woodstock, where we will share a bite to eat, conversation and prayer. We will be starting around 6pm, mark those calendars. We will be gathering again on March 2nd and then March 9th!
-Discipleship 2016! Each month during 2016 we will be encountering new ways to engage our discipleship. Every month we will have a different focus as a congregation, and learn new ways to engage our faith. March is an Education Month, so please plan on joining me up at the University of Portland for a conversation about the Death Penalty in the United States. Dale Recinella will be offering the lecture, he has served for twenty-five years as a spiritual counselor and Catholic correctional chaplain, ministering to men on Florida’s death row. The title of the event is “The Biblical Truth About America’s Death Penalty” The conversation will begin at 7:15 in Franz Hall Room 120 (5000 N. Willamette Blvd.)
*New- *May is the next month where we will have a 5th Sunday In-gathering! We will be donating again to Camp Lutherwood as they get ready for their Summer Camp Season! There will be a donation list published shortly! July will also be a month with 5 Sundays, so we will be helping to assemble Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. They have a very specific packing lists so please bring in the items listed below. These are the items that go into each Personal Care Kit. -Light or Medium weight bath size towel (20" x 40" to 52" x 27") dark color -2 bath size bards (4 to 5 oz) of soap, any brand, in original wrapping -1 adult size toothbrush in original packaging or in sealed business size envelope (no ziplock or plackwrap) -1 *Sturdy *comb, remove packaging -1 metal nail clippers, remove packaging
-Our Sunday School is officially back and off to a great start! One Sunday a month we will have an extra focus on Christian Education. Our Church in Action Children's Program will be integrated with our Sunday Worship. So plan on joining us March 20th for our third session!
*New- *Let's check our calendars to get two events scheduled. The first is a spring clean up day and the second is a date over the summer to get a crew together to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity here in Portland.
*New *Music opportunities at Concordia University. All concerts are free! -Chamber Ensembles Winter Concert- Friday March 11 at 7pm in the Fine Arts building -Choral Ensembles Winter Presentation/Lenten Service- Sunday, March 13th at 3pm at St. Michael's Lutheran Church. -Spring Concert- Sunday, April 24 at 3pm at St. Michael's Lutheran Church.
-If you are like me and do searching for things on the internet do I have a thing for you. I have gotten Holy Trinity set up with Goodsearch.com. It is an online search engine that is powered by yahoo and every time you use it search engine it donates to a charity of your choice, in our situation that is Holy Trinity. So set that browser to good search and select Holy Trinity and get searching.
-We have been invited on the second Friday of every month to join for worship with the saints at Our Lady of Sorrows Church here in Woodstock. At 7pm on those Fridays they gather for a Taize Service. Taize is an ecumenical community in France that has developed a method of prayer that combines music, prayer and silence. It is a beautiful service and something that cannot be related in words but needs to be experienced. If you are looking for a new worship opportunity you should check it out.
-If you are feeling the need to travel in 2016 the Oregon Synod of the ELCA is sponsoring a trip to the Holy Land. The trip will be in May and all are welcome to go on the trip. If you are interested contact Pastor Andrew for more details.
-If you are feeling the itch to travel but the Holy Lands is not your cup of tea, maybe you are interested in cruising with other Lutherans to Alaska. My dear friend Ben Fredericks (member of my internship congregation Resurrection Lutheran) is organizing a cruise for Lutheran Congregations in May of 2016. The trip will be from May 14th to the 21st and will be a wonderful opportunity to see the sights and sounds of the Pacific NW and enjoy great fellowship with other Lutherans. Contact the church office for more info.
-Winter is here, but when did some bad/cold weather slow us down. So join Pastor Andrew on Wednesday to walk around the neighborhood. We will be meeting at 2:30 at the church and set off for a stroll around the neighborhood.
- Holy Trinity's Little Library- Thanks to Keith our Little Library is now complete. In the coming weeks we will be preparing it to be hung on the fence outside for the community. However, it is currently empty, so help us fill it but leaving a recommendation of books to fill it with. We are looking for books that have had an impact on your faith life. So what book(s) have impacted your faith?
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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 3/7-3/11
Monday- on call if needed.
Tuesday- at Preaching group at noon.
Wednesday- Around church in the morning, Small Group dinner at Dick's.
Thursday- Around church during the day.
Friday- On call if needed, sermon prep.
Blessings Pastor Andrew